Wednesday, 6 November 2013

So, What You're Saying Is We Need Another Head Tax?

Temporary foreign workers (TFWs).

What to do, what to do?

In today's Toronto Star, columnist and social justice advocate Carol Goar opines on the matter.

She has problems with the program as do the majority of Canadians; it's not far fetched to assume they wouldn't be.

So she offers some solutions. She suggest, rightly so, the cancellation of the provision that allows employers to pay TFWs 15% less than the going rate. She also suggests a requirement for employers "to submit a firm plan to replace their temporary foreign workers with Canadian workers over time" as well as "demand proof that companies are not using the program to outsource Canadian jobs."

She also suggests this: charge a $275 per worker fee for using the program.

Or in other words a head tax.

Immigration lawyer Richard Kurland made a similar suggestion to Sun News by offering the opinion that employers should be paying a 15% premium per TFW instead of being allowed to pay them 15% less than the going rate. He calls it a premium but a head tax is a head tax by any other name.

So, if offering the advice to charge someone a fee or premium per imported worker is now allowed in polite conversation then I ask what was so wrong with Canada charging a head tax on imported Chinese workers in the past? What's the difference between then and now?

How is a Chinese controlled mining company in B.C. importing Chinese workers to work for less pay than readily available Canadian workers different from the steady importation of Chinese labourers into B.C. some 100 years ago. The difference is a span of about 100 hundreds years. Aside from that there is none.

The response to the problem is also the same. Labour unions in B.C. tried through the court system to stop the arrival of the Chinese labours. In the left leaning Toronto Star it is suggested we charge a fee for every imported TFW.

What we have now is context and the context is the same. Like then what we have now is the steady importation of foreign workers into Canadian society that consequently is having a negative economic impact on the domestic workforce and incomes. In the past the government issued a head tax to deal with the problem and protect the livelihoods of Canadian workers. Now, near identical proposals are being made today to deal with the same problem by people left of the political spectrum no less!

With that said, was it wrong then for Canada to issue a head tax? No. Should the government have apologized for it? Definitely no! Imported Chinese workers were causing a problem then and the government of the time acted for the benefit of Canadians and dealt with it by issuing a head tax. Today it should do the same with TFWs.


Anonymous said...

Alberta Federation of Labour seems to be waking up a bit. Here is an article from Fast Forward Weekly (ffwd) from Calgary:

The temporary workforce
Alberta Federation of Labour wants an end to program
Published November 28, 2013 by Suzy Thompson in News

The Alberta Federation of Labour says temporary foreign workers (TFW) filled a quarter of new jobs in Alberta in the first six months of 2013, and nearly 65 per cent of jobs created in the province in 2012, based on statistics from Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Statistics Canada.

“The Alberta Labour market grew by slightly more than 81,000 jobs, but during the same period a little bit more than 21,000 temporary foreign workers were brought into the province,” says Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL) president Gil McGowan. With 104,000 unemployed Albertans as of October, McGowan argues that the government cannot justify importing temporary labourers.

“There are those who say that temporary foreign workers are necessary because Albertans are unwilling to do certain jobs. But for us that argument simply doesn’t hold water,” says McGowan. “Many of the temporary foreign workers are being brought in to the province to fill relatively high-skilled jobs, particularly in the construction trade. I find it hard to believe that Canadians find those jobs undesirable, because they pay well…. It’s easy for employers to say that no one wants to do work in the low-wage service sector, but before we start flooding the market with temporary foreign workers we should require that employers do what the market is telling them to do, which is raise wages in order to make those jobs more attractive. The federal government shouldn’t be in the business of helping service sector employers keep wages low.”

In 2003, 109,000 people came to Canada through the TFW program, with 10 per cent of those employed in Alberta. By 2012, 338,000 TFWs entered the country, with 20 per cent destined for Alberta.

“These numbers suggest that we are becoming a province that has developed an unhealthy reliance on low-income workers brought into the province through the temporary foreign worker program,” McGowan says.

The AFL has renewed its call on the federal government to cancel the TFW program and replace it with one that brings necessary workers to live and work in Canada permanently.

cecilhenry said...

Why are people so anti-white??


At what point would you allow whites such as this the right to protect their ethnic interests, to not be displaced in their country and have their society destroyed-- all just so you can look good for the camera. Moral grandstanding and PC prudery aside, you would not dare argue for the converse--you would call it Genocide.

Anti-whites expect an entire race to disappear from the face of the earth without even mentioning, not even whispering about it.

Nobody's flooding Africa with Non-Africans and giving them free health care, affirmative action and special privileges.

Only White Countries are doing it, only White children are affected, and only White politicians are allowing it.

Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

PaxCanadiana said...

Alberta Federation of Labour seems to be waking up a bit. Here is an article from Fast Forward Weekly (ffwd) from Calgary:

It's good to see them pressuring the government on this issue but will the AFL or any labour federation go so far as to criticize the immigration system on the point that we bring in too many immigrants to start with?

The difference between a TFW and an immigrant is a Permanent Resident card.

Anonymous said...

Quite true.
“The AFL has renewed its call on the federal government to cancel the TFW program and replace it with one that brings necessary workers to live and work in Canada permanently.”

This would simply mean closing one door to open another, although it might reduce abuses of temporary workers and thus raise labour standards.